DBMSC have won quite a few local indoor cricket tournaments but instead of keeping the prize money from the Saudi German Hospital Challengers Cup, each member of the club donated their shares to the less fortunate in Pakistan.
Their ‘A’ side won the Gold Division at the ICC Academy, before their ‘B’ team made it a double celebration by winning the Silver Division crown.
While they got their hands on the winning trophy, the club followed in the footsteps of their team-mate Rohan Mustafa by donating the winning funds of Dh3,000 to charity.
Mustafa, who missed the competition due to international commitments with the UAE national team, recently donated more than Dh8,000 – funds sold from a motorbike that he won in a T20 Nepal tournament, to a charity in Pakistan that helps orphans.
And touched by the gesture, DBMSC supported Mustafa by doing the same.
Amit Chaturvedi, from DBMSC, said: “Our team-mate and UAE captain Rohan Mustafa has decided to support kids in Pakistan who have lost their family by helping them financially through education and sports in a small way, so as a team we wanted to stand behind this clause by dedicating this victory & earnings for a noble cause.”
The @sghemirates Challengers Cup finals will be remembered as a double glory for the DBMSC –A & B teams, who won both Gold & Silver divisions. DBMSC – A bounced back strongly in a low scoring game after a blow in the last Challengers Cup from Fujisoft Falcons – A. #ICCAcademy pic.twitter.com/Vghiwu8kJF— ICC Academy (@ICCAcademy) April 21, 2018
Mustafa thanked his ‘supportive’ team-mates for the kind gesture.
“I was not aware of it and only came to know of it when they sent the video (of the speech donating the money to charity) to me on WhatsApp,” said Mustafa, who regularly donates money to charity in Pakistan after his father died when the UAE captain was just 14.
“It was very nice of them and they are very supportive people. I was really happy for them to win the title and it shows that you can help anyone.”
Zahoor Khan and Fahad Nawaz were among the bowlers who impressed with the ball as the UAE made it four wins out of four and qualified for the second round of the World Twenty20 qualifying campaign.
Their 43-run victory against minnows Maldives on Tuesday maintained their 100 per cent record in the ICC Asia Regional qualifiers in Kuwait and are assured of a place in the next stage of the competition.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the UAE found themselves 35-4 on a tricky pitch. But a 73-run partnership between Muhammad Usman (43) and Mohammad Boota (35) helped them to 123 all out in the 19th over.
But, that total proved more than adequate as the UAE bowlers did the damage with the ball. Captain Rohan Mustafa led from the front with figures of 3-18 while Khan took 2-7 in his 2.3 overs. Nawaz, who made his senior debut with two wickets against Bahrain on Monday, repeated his feat with 2-22.
Head coach Dougie Brown was pleased to get another win after tough batting conditions for his players.
“It was a good result for us,” said the 48-year-old. “It was disappointing that we only got 123 and our top four batsmen had soft dismissals which meant we were behind at one point in the game. The pitch was very difficult and it was always going to be a low-scoring affair.
“We have to give credit to Mohammad Usman and Mohammad Boota who played really well and put on a very good partnership. Usman played exceptionally well and deserved his man of the match and allowed us to get a good total.”
He added: “The bowlers also did very well. Despite an early scare, we came back into the game and really didn’t give Maldives much of a sniff.”
Good win again @EmiratesCricket Great to get to the next stage of the WT20Q Very well played again Uzy... well deserved MOM! 👍🏻🇦🇪— Dougie Brown (@dougie1brown) April 24, 2018
While Brown lauded the efforts of Zahoor and his captain Mustafa, he has been impressed by how 18-year-old Nawaz has settled into the squad and his hunger to succeed.
“All our bowlers did really well,” he said. “It was lovely that Nawaz showed his way in the game and that was only his second game for the senior side. He is showing that he is stepping up to the plate and bowling well. He’s still a work in progress but there’s plenty to work with and it’s nice to see these guys doing well as what they have done in training.”
The national team will be aiming to end the tournament in style with a fifth straight win when they take on hosts Kuwait on Thursday.
And Brown is confident they can maintain their perfect record.
“We have four from four and got another win,” he said. “We know how volatile this format is. we know the pitches are very hard now and scoring is very difficult. Spin will be a big factor in the game and we’ll have to come up with plans to get a good total. It would be nice to complete the tournament unbeaten.”
The UAE find themselves exactly where they want to be in the ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifiers. After opening the campaign with a six-wicket victory against Qatar on Friday the UAE wrapped up a seven-wicket win against Saudi Arabia just 24 hours later to stand top of the six-team tournament.
We look at the talking points and takeaways so far ahead of their match against Bahrain on Monday.
THE PERFECT START
On paper, they are the highest ranked nation in the first phase of the competition, but head coach Dougie Brown stressed the importance of hitting the ground running and ‘dominating’ the opposition before they began their campaign and the 48-year-old will be pleased they are not playing catch-up at this stage.
In the Division Two World Cricket League back in February, they were in real danger of losing their ODI status and reaching the World Cup Qualifier after back-to-back defeats to Nepal and Canada but bounced back emphatically.
By sitting top of the league with a perfect record, they have a two-point cushion over Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, who all have two points each but, more importantly, they are in control of winning the event and taking one of the three qualification berths.
IMRAN HAIDER AND ASHFAQ AHMED STEPPING UP AGAIN
The Saudi batsmen struggled against the UAE bowlers with just five reaching double figures and their highest individual score being 21. While it was a team effort with Rohan Mustafa, Amir Hayat and Mohammad Naveed taking two wickets each, Imran Haider showed once again he can do the damage with spin after taking 3-6 in his four overs.
With senior player Ahmed Raza rested for the tour, Haider will be leading the attack with his spin and the 30-year-old has certainly showed he’s one of the experienced players in the squad with five scalps in two matches.
For Ashfaq Ahmed, the opener is proving to be quite a player for the UAE. He only made his debut in December 2017 but already has five half-centuries to his name in 24 appearances. He was unlucky to not add to that tally after finishing unbeaten on 46, a vast improvement after scoring 16 against Qatar.
TIME TO EXPERIMENT
With senior batsman Shaiman Anwar rested for the tournament, it has allowed the UAE to explore other options in the team.
One change has been captain Mustafa, who usually opens the innings, dropping down the batting order to No3. It was a decision taken 24 hours before the first game and it’s a position that Mustafa will continue for the entire tournament. He might not have fared well against Saudi with 10 runs, but he can still come up with the goods as shown by his match-winning 71 against Qatar on Friday.